I was watching an episode last night about the British SAS on the Military Channel. In it they gave some time to talk about the sidearms of choice as used by the SAS. Of course most handgun enthusiasts know that the 9mm Browning P-35 Hi-Power has long been up until recentlty the sidearm used by the SAS and many other special forces units around the world.
What totally digusted me about this show is how little credability the so-called gun experts on that show actually have. One gun expert guy on the show claimed that the P-35 is a gas-operated semiautomatic handgun. Nothing can be farther from the truth. I know for a fact (being a longtime owner and shooter of many P-35s) that the Hi-Power is a recoil operated single action pistol and that there are not too many gas-operated sidearm handguns in general that I'm aware of.
Then the show went on to talk about the new issued sidearm being the SIG P226 and they explained why the P226 is better. Again these so-called experts stated that the Browning Hi-Power's heavy trigger pull made it less accurate and difficult to shoot compared to the double action SIG. Again I know for a fact, being the owner of both guns that any single action Hi-Power has a much better and lighter trigger pull than a double action SIG, even when the SIG is fired in single action mode. The Browning is a more accurate gun in my experience.
They also compared the two guns side by side in a target test to show the SIG as being more accurate. What the show didn't tell the viewers is how unfair the test was. In fact that the SIG being used was a fairly new gun being compared against a 63 year old Canadian made Inglis military issue Hi-Power pistol. That Inglis made Hi-Power had obviously had a very rought military life in addition to probably having tens of thousands of rounds being fired through it. I know for fact that any new out of box Hi-Power is a much more accurate gun when compared to a new SIG. I have shot the P226 and the Hi-Power together and can assure anyone that the Hi-Power is a much more accurate and easy to shoot pistol.
I really wish that these TV shows would give people the facts instead of telling people what they what them to hear. I wonder how much influence SIGARMS had in the production of that show?? Don't get me wrong, SIGs are great guns. In fact I hold both the SIG 226 and the Browning Hi-Power in very equal high regard as both being equally excellent pistols. I just think viewers should be given the facts. If shows like this can't convey the truth, then why have them on air for educational purposes?